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yawn

Edited by T. F. Hoad

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

Published in print January 1996 | ISBN: 9780192830982
Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191727153
yawn

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open the mouth wide (now only from fatigue, etc.); lie wide open. XVI. spec. symbolic alt. of ME. ʒone,

Reference Entry.  70 words. 

Subjects: History of English

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